A New Old Play

A New Old Play

Original Name: Jiao Ma Tang Hui
English Name: A New Old Play
Year: 2021
Run Time: 179 min
Language: Chinese
Type (Colour/ Black & White): Colour
Country: Hong Kong, France
Director: Qiu Jiongjiong
Producer: Ding Ningyuan, Yang Jin
Cast: Yi Sicheng, Guan Nan, Qiu Zhimin, Xue Xuchun, Gu Tao
Screenplay: Qiu Jiongjiong
Cinematographer: Feng Yuchao
Editor: Qiu Jiongjiong
Sound Designer: Wang Ran
Music Composer: Diao Lili
Costume Designer: Bai Yun
Production Designer:Qiu Jiongjiong
Production Company: Uluka Productions
World Sales: Parallax Films
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  • Locarno IFF 2021
  • Golden Apricot IFF 2021
  • Festival des 3 Continents 2021
  • Asian Pacific Screen Award 2021
  • IFF Rotterdam 2022
  • Göteborg FF 2022

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2015 Mr. Zhang Believes (Doc)
  • 2012 My Mother’s Rhapsody (Doc)
  • 2010 Madame (Doc)
  • 2007 The Moon Palace (Doc)

Director’s Biography:

Qiu Jiongjiong

Qiu Jiongjiong is an active contemporary artist and filmmaker in China. As an artist, his works have been exhibited all over the world. As a filmmaker, his experiments with cinematic language and aesthetics in documentary film-making have earned him a reputation as one of China's most important independent directors. His experimental/documentary feature Mr. Zhang Believes (2015), supported by a Sundance Post-Production Grant, premiered at the Locarno IFF and has been screened internationally. Jiao Ma Tang Hui (A New Old Play) is his first fiction feature.


One evening in the 1980s, Qiu Fu, a leading clown-role actor in 20th-century Sichuan opera, departs this world and must reluctantly set off for the Ghost City under the escort of two underworld officials. Along the way, he meets old friends. As they recall the past, earthly scenes creep into the mists of the Netherworld.
Qiu Fu’s life in opera unfolds against the backdrop of a secular upheaval. The "New-New" Troupe in which he grows up and learns his trade is affiliated with the military. As power shifts, the troupe is cast loose to wander rootlessly through a broken world. Despite this unsettled destiny, shaped by war, famine and political turmoil, Qiu Fu becomes one of the finest clown-role performers in Sichuan opera. And yet, one day he finds himself clapped in a pigsty as a political revolution rages outside.
Outside the Ghost City, sitting among familiar faces, Qiu Fu drinks the mandatory bowl of Forgetfulness Soup to erase his memory. A lifetime of hardship, pain and sorrow, all vanish as if they had never been.